Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019. (This is Part 3; Part 1 here; Part 2 here.)

Sweet Milk, Apr 28, Mountaineer R (euthanized Aug 17) – “laminitis”

Tomb Robber, Jun 22, Charles Town R (euthanized Jun 27) – “slab fracture”

Longstreak, Jun 27, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”

Coleman Rocky, Jul 3, Mountaineer R (euthanized Jul 29) – “condyle fracture”

Pastorelli, Jul 9, Mountaineer R – “sesamoids fracture”

Good Boy Lucas, Jul 10, Mountaineer – “laminitis both front feet”
(five years old, last raced Jun 26)

Unsuspected, Jul 12, Charles Town R – “multiple fractures”

Doc Machen, Jul 17, Mountaineer T – “comminuted MCIII fracture”
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Hey Willie, Jul 19, Charles Town R – “sudden death”

Carolina Reaper, Jul 23, Mountaineer R – “fell, died”

Cunaviche, Jul 28, Mountaineer S – “large colon torsion”
(51 races, most recently Jul 15)

Northern Rock Star, Aug 7, Charles Town T (euthanized Aug 8) – “ligament rupture”

Parade for Me, Aug 19, Mountaineer R – “compound sesamoids fracture”

Die Hard Di, Aug 22, Charles Town S – “Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis”

Rose’s Asset, Aug 25, Mountaineer R – “compound, comminuted MCIII fracture”

Air Station, Aug 27, Mountaineer R – “compound sesamoids fracture”

yet-to-be-named filly, Aug 31, Charles Town T – “cannon fracture”

Candid Opinions, Sep 2, Mountaineer R – “comminuted radius fracture”
(nine years old, 81st race)

Rebellious Warrior, Sep 6, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”
(hadn’t been raced in over three years)

Brave Spirited, Sep 7, Charles Town R – “sudden death, pulmonary hemorrhage”
(first race)

Conquest Point, Sep 8, Mountaineer R – “carpus fracture”

Immediate Release, Sep 19, Charles Town R – “multiple fractures”

Rockaroo, Sep 25, Mountaineer S – “carpi fracture”
(48 races, most recent just three days prior)

Bridget Moloney, Sep 25, Mountaineer R – “sesamoids fracture”
(eight years old, 73rd race)

Ada Cowgirl, Sep 26, Charles Town S – “chronic shoulder lameness”
(seven years old, 26 races)

With the Wind, Sep 28, Charles Town T – “sesamoid fracture”

Iana, Oct 3, Charles Town R – “leg shattered”

Elverson, Oct 3, Charles Town R (same race as above) – “neck and head fractures”

Gotta Fly, Oct 15, Mountaineer R – “carpus fracture”

Lolapop, Oct 22, Charles Town T – “sesamoids fracture”

Distinct Signature, Oct 27, Mountaineer R – “carpus fracture”

Dry Creek Road, Oct 31, Charles Town R (euthanized Nov 4) – “carpus fracture”

Track Bully, Nov 6, Mountaineer S – “septic foot”
(12 years old, most recent race Jul 15)

Blushing Owen, Nov 8, Charles Town R – “elbow fracture”

More Than Willing, Nov 15, Charles Town S – “tibia fracture”
(two years old, not yet raced)

Top Hat Darlin, Nov 15, Charles Town R – “shoulder fracture”

Dubai Road, Nov 18, Charles Town S – “injured and down in stall”
(two years old, not yet raced)

Tap Your Brother, Nov 22, Charles Town T – “carpus fracture”

Gold Sting, Nov 25, Mountaineer R – “carpus fracture”

Baby Dancer, Nov 26, Charles Town S – “chronic arthritis”

Lady Bearoness, Nov 26, Charles Town T – “pastern fracture”

Perfections, Nov 27, Mountaineer R – “compound, comminuted MCII fracture”

Center Ice, Nov 30, Charles Town R (euthanized Dec 3) – “carpus fracture”

Flying Around, Dec 2, Mountaineer R – “comminuted sesamoid fracture”

Creative Mist, Dec 12, Charles Town R – “sesamoids fracture”

Punky Boo, Dec 18, Charles Town R – “cannon fracture”

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Mountaineer thus far this year:

An Absolute Trip, Apr 28, Mountaineer T – “fractured carpus”
Papa Y, Apr 30, Mountaineer R – “comminuted sesamoids”
Brooklyn Gerty, May 6, Mountaineer – “colic, died” (note: no mention of euthanasia)
Go Cristian Go, May 7, Mountaineer T – “compound fracture sesamoids”
Raise Your L Up, May 15, Mountaineer R – “sudden death” (six years old)
Lil’l Allstar, May 21, Mountaineer R – “fractured sesamoids”
Laser Lynn, May 21, Mountaineer R – “collapsed – sudden death” (three years old)
Pay Back, Jun 18, Mountaineer R – “fell, flipped, neurologic”
Bigger and Better, Jun 18, Mountaineer R – “fractured sesamoids”
Tendowningstreet, Jun 26, Mountaineer R – “fractured sesamoids”

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Charles Town Races through the first five months of the year:

Horse Spotter Carl, Dec 28, Charles Town R (euthanized Mar 13) – “knee fracture”
Via Leone, Jan 30, Charles Town T – “condylar fracture”
Meet the Genius, Feb 1, Charles Town R (euthanized Feb 19) – “suspect pelvic fracture”
Ed’s Quick Cat, Feb 23, Charles Town R – “slab fracture”
Lite the Storm, Mar 13, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”
Rapid Rabbit, Mar 14, Charles Town R (euthanized Mar 15) – “P1 fracture”
Mr. Marvin, Mar 16, Charles Town R – “dislocated fetlock fracture”
Zoe’s Castle, Mar 20, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”
Nite Court, Apr 9, Charles Town T – “tibia fracture”
Misty Fly, May 17, Charles Town R – “open fetlock dislocation”
How’s My Boy, May 18, Charles Town T – “sudden death” (four years old)
Terrafirma, May 23, Charles Town R – “suspensory rupture” (chart: “vanned off sore”)
Katys Miracle, May 23, Charles Town R – “open cannon fracture”
Weather, May 30, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Raise the Mast, Jan 15, Charles Town – “broken back, barn area”
B Three, Feb 8, Charles Town – “died in stall”
Amos P, Apr 26, Charles Town- “head trauma, barn area”
Giggle Byte, May 6, Charles Town – “colic”

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s two tracks in 2018.

Polished Sunday, January 19, Charles Town T
“comminuted P1 fracture”

Fibers and Roses, January 24, Charles Town T
“sesamoids fracture”

yet-to-be-named, January 25, Charles Town T
“condylar fracture, sesamoid fracture”

Dominic the Quick, January 25, Charles Town R
“ankle fracture/dislocation, P1 fracture”

Time to Shine, January 25, Charles Town R
“sudden death” (three years old)

Chico Grande, January 26, Charles Town R (euthanized February 5)
“suspect slab fracture”

Mrs Sport, February 1, Charles Town R (euthanized March 26)
“carpal fracture”

Industry Leader, February 16, Charles Town R
“sesamoid fracture, ankle dislocation”

Brenda J, February 21, Charles Town R
“DNF, recumbent, pelvic fracture?”

Je Ne Sais Pas, February 24, Charles Town R (euthanized February 27)
“slab fracture”

Turbulent Power, March 10, Charles Town R
“ankle fracture/dislocation, sesamoids”

Portent, March 14, Charles Town R
both [italics added] ankles fracture/dislocation”

Ebony Warrior, March 31, Charles Town R (euthanized April 7)
“carpal slab fracture”

Sterling Justicia, April 7, Charles Town T
“humerus fracture”

More Stones, April 11, Charles Town R
“sesamoid fracture, ankle dislocation”

Beware of the Wave, April 28, Charles Town T
“tibial fracture”

Bound to Windsor, May 12, Charles Town R
“sudden death” (three years old)

Turf Prince, May 24, Charles Town R
“sesamoid fracture”

My Pal Archie, May 30, Mountaineer R
“sesamoid fracture, collateral ligament”

Valhalla, June 10, Mountaineer T
“carpus slab fracture”

O’Kelly, June 10, Mountaineer R (euthanized June 11)
“carpus slab fracture”

Permanent Campaign, June 13, Mountaineer T
“femur fracture” (hadn’t been raced since March 2016)

Navy Aviator, June 16, Charles Town R (euthanized July 2)
“carpal slab fracture”

Sweet Ms. Lynn, June 18, Mountaineer R
“luxated fetlock joint”

Nicos Way, July 2, Mountaineer T
“radius”

Somewhere Outthere, July 7, Charles Town R
“multiple fractures carpus”

Oh So Quick, July 10, Mountaineer R
“carpus slab”

Chatter Pattern, July 14, Charles Town R (euthanized July 20)
“pelvic fracture”

yet-to-be-named filly, July 17, Charles Town T
“comminuted tibia fracture”

Gingerbread House, August 14, Charles Town T
“humerus fracture”

Dionysus, September 2, Mountaineer R
“old bow”

Empire Blue, September 11, Mountaineer R
“flipped, skull, died”

Bye Bye Bentley, September 19, Charles Town T
“severely bowed tendon”

Catcher, September 21, Charles Town R (euthanized September 22)
“carpal slab fracture”

Obscene Britches, September 24, Mountaineer R
“metacarpal III fracture”

Category Two, September 29, Charles Town R
“open ankle fracture, dislocation”

Pennsyltucky Lilly, October 5, Charles Town R
“open tibia fracture”

Lazy Daisy May, October 10, Mountaineer R
“flipped at start; C1, C2 fractures”

Shamrock Green, October 11, Charles Town R
“sudden death” (four years old)

Buffum’s Belle, October 13, Charles Town R (euthanized October 17)
“carpal slab fracture”

Looking At You, October 16, Mountaineer R
“comminuted MCIII fracture”

Little Poncho, October 18, Charles Town R (euthanized October 19)
“carpal slab fracture”

Blixt, October 19, Charles Town R
“sesamoid fracture, dislocation”

Ice Princess Emily, October 23, Mountaineer R
“sesamoid biaxial”

Argentum Puteus, October 24, Mountaineer R (euthanized October 30)
“hock”

Lockupthebourbon, October 27, Charles Town T
“carpal slab fracture”

Shakethenickelbush, October 27, Charles Town R (euthanized October 30)
“lacerated tendon, infected”

Raven’s Sonde, November 1, Charles Town R
“compound, comminuted cannon [fracture]”

Bay Dawn, November 2, Charles Town R (euthanized November 3)
“sesamoid fracture”

Love to Party, November 8, Charles Town R
“shattered MCIII”

Silent Ceremony, November 21, Charles Town R (euthanized November 23)
“condylar fracture”

Midday Man, November 23, Charles Town R
“displaced condylar fracture”

Iron Johnny, November 24, Charles Town T (euthanized November 26)
“[two] bowed tendons”

Kevsdadsdude, November 27, Mountaineer R (euthanized November 28)
“carpus slab fracture”

K’s Jordan, November 27, Mountaineer R
“acute sudden death” (four years old)

Stella Nova, December 5, Charles Town R
“ankle fractured, dislocated”

Just Charge It, December 6, Charles Town R (euthanized December 21)
“carpal slab fracture”

Weekend Liberty, December 7, Charles Town R
“sesamoid fracture, dislocation”

Crony Capitalism, December 8, Charles Town T
“MCIII fracture” (hadn’t been raced in over 3 1/2 years – but back in training)

Court Date, December 8, Charles Town T
“P3 rotation through sole”

Take Your Chances, December 8, Charles Town R
“MCIII fracture, fell, died (probably neck fracture)”

Holy Chrome, December 10, Mountaineer R
“sesamoidean ligament rupture”

Drinx On Me, December 19, Charles Town T
“shoulder fracture”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Canadian Pistol, January 12, Charles Town
“in stall December – knee injury” (last raced May 2017)

Forint’s Castle, April 6, Charles Town
“flipped, head injury, euthanized” (last raced March 24)

Secret Endeavor, April 19, Charles Town
“severe OA fetlock bone cyst” (seven years old, last raced July 2017)

Windsor’s Sunshine, May 2, Charles Town
“colic – euthanized” (last raced February 28)

Readyreadygo, August 24, Charles Town
“colic – died” (last raced May 19)

Thirstycountrygirl, September 22, Charles Town
“equine protozoal myeloencephalitis”

Civil, September 24, Charles Town
“colic – died”

Triple Black Jack, October 1, Charles Town
“founder – euthanized” (five years old, 26 races, last August 26)

Love Rules All, October 15, Mountaineer
“colic” (54 races, last September 24)

Mo Bourbon, November 28, Mountaineer
“fetlock septic” (last raced August 10)

Alexander’s Cowboy, December 5, Charles Town
“injured in stall”

Teton Classic, December 22, Charles Town
“colic – euthanized”

Printscess Hunt, December 27, Charles Town
“head trauma, died in stall” (last raced December 12)

Running Wildcat, December 27, Charles Town
“cast in stall, broken jaw, euthanized” (nine years old, 64 races)

Nuke Laloosh, December 28, Charles Town
“colic – euthanized” (last raced December 12)